Women’s Waistline Can Affect Lifeline

It is unbelievable but true. In India , 15-20 percent of population is obese. Those affected face an increased risk of problems like infertility besides diabetes, hypertension, stones, knee joint problems, neck and lower back pain, respiratory ailments and cancer. They also suffer from low self esteem and lack of confidence, depression and binge eating disorder, miscarriage and difficulties in performing assisted reproduction.

Women-centric problems

Studies have proved that obesity hampers the fulfillment of sex and reproductive life. Such women suffer from an irregular menstrual cycle from early mothers. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of death in both the baby and the mothers. It raises the risk of material high blood pressure by 10 times. Excessive weight in pregnant moms is associated with a higher risk of hypertension, gestational diabetes, urinary infection, cesarean delivery and toxemia. Infants of those women who are obese during pregnancy are more likely to be high birth weight which means a higher rate of cesarean section delivery. Obesity in pregnancy carries an increased risk of birth defects such as neural tube disorders. Female obese patients are 13 times more likely to have over due births, longer labours, induced labours and blood loss. Obesity related health problems occurring after child birth include higher risk of wound and endometrial infection and urinary tract infection. Weight loss is effective in improving menstrual regulatory, ovulation, hormonal profiles and pregnancy rates.


Obesity refers to belly fat around the waist, surrounding the internal organs, which is out of proportion to the total body fat. Indians are more susceptible to this type of obesity. Belly fat is a proven independent risk factor for listed conditions. When caloric intake exceeds the calories burned, extra calories gets deposited as fats, especially around the waist. A study has revealed that 25 percent of the children about eight years of age and 19 percent in the age group of 7 and below are obese. These children will grow into unhealthy adults.

Tips to lose weight and body fat

1. Reduce your daily caloric intake by 500 kilo-calories. Don’t overfeed children.

2. Eat frequent, smaller meals but avoid larger meals. Skipping meals and fasting.

3. Make breakfast one of the most important meal of the day.

4. Avoid ghee, chocolates, sweets, deep fried foods, pizza, burgers, bakery products, biscuits and aerated drinks. Add brown rice, whole wheat, ragi, jowar, bajra, vegetables, oats, sprouts, salads and dals.

5. Foods rich in OMEGA-3 fatty acids help manage sugar and cholesterol levels in blood.

6. Nuts are good in small quantities, so limit their consumption.

7. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Take five servings daily.

8. Drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water daily.

9. Make exercise an integral part of your weight loss program. Fast walking in one of the best , easily accessible and low cost option.

10. Aim for reduction of about half a kg wait per week in good.